It is possible that the presence of Phineas has upset the toyboys’ bedtime routine. The other night they did not go to bed until half past midnight! And that was only because I prompted them.
For some strange reason, during the evening, they kept dozing somewhere other than the Manor. This made it impossible to close them up at normal bedtime. Normally if I approach them outside the cage nearing bedtime they would take the hint & start stretching wings & then retire to bed, perhaps having some more seed before the cover goes over.
This particular time they both settled on the swings on the playgym. By “settled”, I mean head-under-wing-fast-asleep settled. My little hints & prompts were making no difference to them. Finally, at 00:30, I decided enough was enough & they would have to go to bed as I was tired & I wanted to go to bed myself!
But still no movement.
This called for drastic measures. Bezukhov was on the nearest swing. I very carefully unhooked the swing from the playgym & transported him, still on the swing, across the room, over the spare cage (with a sleeping Phineas) & into the Manor where he stepped up & I placed him on the bedtime perch.
Cagney was on the swing that was behind Bezukhov’s swing. He was sleepy but had noticed his mate had gone back to the Manor. With a little persuasion I got him to step up & I transported him across the room, over the spare cage & into the Manor, where he joined Bezukhov. I covered them up & wished them sweet dreams & then retired to bed myself….